At Pubcon in Vegas, the speakers did a bit of 10-second market research on 1000+ site owners and webmasters. The questions were: “How many of you use IE as your primary browsers? Now, how many of you use Firefox as your primary browsers?” By my count, among the savvy webmasters who go to Pubcon, Firefox users outnumbered IE users 2 to 1 or 3 to 1.
So I was interested to learn (via The Inquirer) that one metrics company recently claimed Firefox use is growing in Europe. In Finland, over 39% of people reportedly used Firefox! Finland! Land of beautiful koivu! (That’s birch to us English speakers.)
My stats run closer to 50/50. Here’s a snapshot from last month, for example:
Frankly, I’m a little surprised IE has that much share for my visitors. This past week my “How Google deals with hacked sites” post showed up on digg/Slashdot/reddit. How does that crowd stack up? IE was only 22.5% of browsers that day, with more Safari users and many more Firefox users:
Now I have a couple questions. First, do any other metrics companies break down browser market share? Bill Tancer or Compete, do you have any Firefox vs. IE data? OneStat, StatCounter, or eXTReMe Tracking, whaddaya got for us? Second question: how does Firefox vs. IE break down for your websites?
Added: I use Google Analytics for my stats, just because it is easy and I am lazy. And now I really am going to try to get outside or exercise and not just blog all weekend.